The David Soto Jr. Podcast

The David Soto Jr. Podcast

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Retired USAF Master Sergeant talks about his personal journey to be the best man he can be and his quest to buy a 4-million dollar ranch while trying to overcome life’s obstacles. ADHD, Vanlife, Financial Independence, Weight-loss, Indie Author, Dating, and Everything Else.


Make sure your job depends on you, not the other way around
May 11 • 22 min
Again I have been working on my journal and writing a short motivational essay of life lessons. This one below inspired me to record a podcast on the topic. It’s perfectly fine if doing what you love doesn’t pay the bills. Get a job, but don’t set your…
Free Your Creativity
May 6 • 27 min
Learn the fundamentals so that you can concentrate on creativity. I have been working on a journal I want to publish. In this episode, I talk about the progress I’m making but more importantly I talk about what the short essay below sparked in my mind.…
The Story Behind The Story
Apr 19 • 18 min
I wanted to tell the story behind the story of The Namesake, David Alonzo. I mention it a little in the preface but I think there is no better way than to explain myself than in a video. I love writing magical realism because I believe in the magic a…
Hermoso Cariño
Mar 30 • 31 min
You haven’t heard from me in a while because I have been busy. Busy going on job interviews, busy getting married, and busy having a baby. David Jackson Soto was born 23 March 2019 at 0340 in the morning making that day the best day of my life. In this…
Why can’t I lose weight?
Mar 2 • 29 min
I’m active, have a daily calorie deficit, and am controlling my sugar so why can’t I drop the pounds? I have a pretty good idea why. Every now and then, my weight gets out of control. And every now and then, I get a handle on it by adjusting my diet.…
41 You are going to die, so act like it
Feb 16 • 30 min
Just because you don’t want to think about it, doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. We are all going to die and if we become aware of this our perspective on life will change. That’s why I came up with an exercise—make a todo list. A six months to live,…
40 How to write a book
Feb 7 • 33 min
In this episode, I respond to this message that showed up in my inbox. “I have a question and I’m sure I could google it, but since you’ve actually written books, I wanted to know where do you actually start…? I want to write a book on my experiences with…
39 My First Dime On Medium
Feb 2 • 24 min
If you listen to last week’s episode, you know that I am struggling with wanting to got to work and wanting to stay home with my family. With over twenty years in HVAC and Building Trades, finding work is not a problem. It’s just that… I’m a writer damn…
38 My first tough decision as a father.
Jan 27 • 33 min
Jobs and I never really work. I have been fired or dramatically quit almost every job I ever had—starting with the first one. Being an entrepreneur seemed like the most appropriate thing for me to do. Problem is since having my business stolen from me in…
37 On Being An Old Dad
Jan 19 • 21 min
By the time my son is born, I will be just a couple months away from my 45th birthday. I am going to be an old dad. There is no doubt about it, and I am perfectly fine with it. In this episode, I tell you why I am grateful for waiting until middle age (I…
36 Wait, wheat is not the devil?
Jan 12 • 30 min
Seven of the top ten causes of death in the United States: Heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and kidney disease can all be directly linked chronic inflammation. (FYI Accidents, Influenza, and…
35 Best year ever—2018
Dec 30, 2018 • 24 min
Of course, I like to—or at least try to—live in the present but this time of the year, I like to take a look back on the year and acknowledge my accomplishments and express some gratitude. I used to do this in the form of essays but now that I am a…
34 On Being a Minimalist
Dec 17, 2018 • 27 min
You never really notice the effects of eliminating something from your life until you reintroduce it. I have considered myself a minimalist for several years and every now and then, I’ve tried to take it to another level. Once I got down to fitting…
33 What are we running from?
Dec 8, 2018 • 29 min
I’ve made a big discovery over the past couple weeks. I am a serial run away-er and I have been running away for decades from something I can’t get away from—me. If you read one of my most recent articles, you know that a recent counseling session made me…
32 The Stigma of Mental Health
Nov 25, 2018 • 23 min
We talk about physical health so much. Diet, exercise, kale shakes, prescription meds, obesity, smoking, seatbelts are all almost daily topics of conversation yet we refuse to talk about mental health—which is probably the root source to a majority of our…
31 I’m Back
Nov 14, 2018 • 22 min
I’m back! It’s been four months since my last episode. Where have I been? “Out of pocket,” seems like the appropriate response since I say I was “deployed.” A better response is to say I just wasn’t emotionally available. You Know Who and I have been…
30 The end of #vanlife and what being in love feels like
Jul 29, 2018 • 21 min
I reached out to my Instagram followers again this week for a podcast topic. I ended up with several and decided to talk about them all. In this episode, I talk about the end love my life… Vanlife. After two and half years it’s coming to a close. Yeah, I…
29 Love is not all you need
Jul 18, 2018 • 24 min
God bless John and Paul but those fools were wrong. Love is not all you need. Trust me, I know. I have loved a lot of women. And no I’m not bragging about conquests. I literally mean I have loved a lot of women and they have loved me back—most of them.…
28 Why I Think Racism Will Never Go Away
Jul 6, 2018 • 16 min
I am an expert a very few things if any. Today’s topic is not one of them, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share some thoughts and opinions on the subject. The subject? Racism! Specifically, the fact that I don’t think it will ever go away. Why do I say…
27 Does anything good come from fear?
Jun 29, 2018 • 25 min
Does anything good come from fear? I don’t think so. While recording this I did realize that maybe fear keeps us from doing dumb and dangerous stuff but does it? Or is that more common sense than fear. In this episode, I talk about the two types of fear,…
26 Depression, Money, Suicide
Jun 23, 2018 • 19 min
Two very successful people recently killed themselves. Maybe we should redefine success. But that’s another podcast. The death of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain reaffirms something I had been thinking about and prompted me to publish something I wrote a…
25 The 2018 Birthday Episode
Jun 15, 2018 • 25 min
I’m 44 now. I guess this is my 2018 birthday podcast. Nothing special really to talk about. I pretty much took the week off. Not really. I’m a writer, I write and create every day but I did have a little birthday getaway up in the mountains. It’s almost…
24 How to sell a million books part 3.
Jun 11, 2018 • 22 min
Well, I published another book and nobody cares. Not one bit. I launched Moncada and 5 people bought the damn thing. Three of them were friends helping me out. I had a pity party for about a day and then I got back to work. I got more books to publish. In…
23 Why We Play Organized Sports
Jun 2, 2018 • 30 min
If you don’t know why I do these podcasts, why any of should do anything in our life, really, it’s for myself. It might seem silly. Yeah, I want to help people and all but what I have realized is that people don’t want your help unless they ask for it.…
22 The Importance of an Emergency Fund
May 25, 2018 • 27 min
As a writer, the most important tool in my arsenal is my computer. When it goes down it needs to be fixed or replaced ASAP no matter the cost. Now, when mine went down the other day, I replaced it with a used one. When that didn’t work, I went out and…
21 Mood, Feelings, and Emotions are all a Choice
May 18, 2018 • 18 min
Insecurity got the better of me not too long ago. Some feedback on my first book, or rather the lack of it, led me to self-doubt and feeling like an imposter. I decided it was time to rewrite the book. Funny thing happened when I started reading it. I…
20 Dealing with Anxiety and Depression
May 12, 2018 • 23 min
I have my up days and I have my down days. The day I recorded this was a down day. I felt lower than whale shit. The first thing I decide to do was to go see a movie and eat some popcorn. That helped a bit. Next, was a nap and then, the recording of this…
19 How to sell a million books Part 2.
May 5, 2018 • 28 min
I know the title is deceiving as I haven’t actually sold one million books and am now passing on that knowledge to you. In Episode 17 I made the declaration that I was in the process of selling one million books. This is me documenting the process. Make…
18 The Power of Doing What You Love
Apr 28, 2018 • 22 min
I have both blogged and vlogged about it before. I even think the article got picked up by The Goodmen Project, now that I think about it. I recently had an experience that reaffirms what I believe about doing what you love. I went salsa dancing. For the…
17 How to sell a million books.
Apr 21, 2018 • 24 min
I am a firm believer in affirmations. Some people call them prayers, some refer it to as putting it out there in the universe. Whatever! All I know is that if I write something down, say it out loud, or think about it often; it WILL happen. All that being…
16 How to get better at anything.
Apr 16, 2018 • 25 min
Two things really got me thinking about this topic lately. One, I went and did a reading at a place called Book Bar in Denver. Now, I thought, and have even been told, that I am a good public speaker. I thought I was going to be a natural in front of the…
15 What race are Mexicans?
Apr 7, 2018 • 27 min
Good question! For the longest time, I thought Mexican was a race and that people who were prejudice against Mexicans were racist. It turns out; I was wrong. That led me to wonder what do I mark when I fill out forms and applications that ask my race? I…
14 The worst advice I ever got.
Apr 5, 2018 • 23 min
Before I discovered I was meant to be a storyteller I wanted to be a health and wellness guru. Someone in the field, someone I looked up to, gave me some really bad advice one day. I followed this advice for several years and was unhappy. Then I noticed…
13 Gun control, NRA, #marchforourlives, blah blah blah!
Apr 2, 2018 • 24 min
Nobody wants your god damn guns. They want children to stop getting murdered. I never really thought I would be talking about such touchy political subjects but I can’t not speak about it. We have people attacking children for voicing their opinion,…
12 The Truth About #Vanlife.
Mar 26, 2018 • 31 min
The truth is it’s hard! Someone recently commented on FB that I had “this perfect life.” I was like, Dude you have no idea how far from perfect it is. These past two years on the road have been hard. In this episode, I talk about why vanlife is a lot…
11 I think I need to give up drinking.
Mar 19, 2018 • 20 min
I am a grown ass man and I recently had one of those experiences where I woke up and felt like I had to apologize. Even as a young man I thought that one’s drinking is out of hand if he or she has to apologize for his actions the next day. I’ve woke up…
10 What the hell is the NRA?
Mar 15, 2018 • 21 min
With recent events blowing up the internet, I have been asking myself, What EXACTLY is the NRA? I asked on twitter and facebook and got zero responses. Does anybody really know? I took to their website and found some answers. So… the NRA is a gun safety…
09 Do we base relationships on what see on TV & movies?
Mar 7, 2018 • 18 min
Is everything we know about relationships from TV and the movies? I’m not sure where I heard it, but it was very recent. Someone was insinuating that how we view relationships is entirely based on pop culture. This is something I had been thinking on for…
08 I have no idea what I am doing, but I’m doing it.
Mar 3, 2018 • 24 min
I said this the other day, and it resonated with me. Then I posted it online with a picture, and it blew up. People loved it. I guess it resonated with a lot of other people as well. There are a lot of us out there that are moving forward with our dreams…
07 Worst week of #vanlife so far.
Feb 26, 2018 • 46 min
My worst week of #vanlife. I have been plagued with breakdowns since the beginning of this year. This particularly sucks during my first winter in Colorado because if the engine doesn’t run, I don’t have heat. The biggest issue I have, I guess, is MONEY.…
06 Why women shouldn’t fake orgasms.
Feb 19, 2018 • 18 min
Why women shouldn’t fake their orgasms. Wrong! I am not going to tell anybody, especially women, what to do with their body. But it’s a cool title for a podcast, no? I am, however, going to share a story told to me by a close friend on how she realized…
05 Proud to be Mexican-American
Feb 17, 2018 • 25 min
I believe it was Lee Greenwood who said it best, “I am proud to be a Mexican-American.” Or was that Cheech Marin? In this episode, I talk about how I recently realized how much I love being Chicano or, more commonly known as, Mexican-American. I struggled…
04 Why goals are important.
Feb 8, 2018 • 24 min
Let’s talk about goals. Goal setting has started to get a bad wrap here in the past couple years. Minimalists have gone so far in giving up things that they have given up goals. Some people have just changed the name of goals to “intentions.” Whatever! As…
03 Action kills fear.
Feb 7, 2018 • 21 min
Today I talk about how Action Kills Fear! I go into detail of my recent #vanlife problems, specifically breakdowns. I have had a lot. I let them get to me, but I handle it. How? I took action. If action kills fear, what kills all the other stuff we battle…
02 Everyone hurts and Nodody cares.
Jan 29, 2018 • 24 min
I stammer through this episode. The flow I usually have isn’t there. The topics feel a little forced but they are good ones. Today I talk about two things that have come to mind lately. -Everyone is hurting in someway Everyone! I have taken this as my…
01 Introduction and Adversity
Jan 24, 2018 • 21 min
Welcome to the first episode of The David Soto Jr podcast. Today I talk about: -What happened to The Struggle, the name I was going to uses for my podcast -I am not an expert, I am not here to give advice -Giving without expectation, I saw this happen and…